Treytorrens, Nicolas Samuel de (18th century)

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Nicolas Samuel de Treytorrens, of an outstanding French Swiss family, living in the early 18th century at Eudresin near Neuchâtel, Switzerland, was active in behalf of the oppressed Bernese Mennonites, particularly those who had been deported to serve on the Sicilian galleys. The Amsterdam Mennonite archives contain two letters sent by him to the Dutch Mennonite Committee of Foreign Needs at Amsterdam, the first one undated, the other dated 15 November 1715, and also copies of some of his letters to the preacher Goossen Goyen at Krefeld and to Colonel Hackbrett at Bern, giving information on his efforts to liberate the Mennonite prisoners who were at Palermo, Sicily. He succeeded in having them released and even made a trip to Nice in France to gather these galley slaves. He joyfully paid the considerable expense of their return to Switzerland.

With the Bernese authorities he was at first on good terms and they assisted him in this undertaking by sending letters to the King of Sicily; but in early November 1715, when de Treytorrens visited some 40 Mennonites in prison at Bern and pleaded with the Bernese officials for their release, he was himself arrested, and after a few days released upon paying of a considerable fine. Charged with heresy, he was banished forever from the territory of Bern.


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Müller, Ernst. Geschichte der Bernischen Täufer. Frauenfeld: Huber, 1895. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. de Graaf, 1972: 228 ff.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 747. All rights reserved.

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